Jahazi Vol 2:Reflections on The Creative Economy in Kenya


The Issue considers the growth of the creative and cultural sector in Kenya.

As conversations around this industry continue to be more prevalent, are the economic benefits given more weight than the intrinsic value of art?

What considerations do sector practitioners, advocates and other shareholders have?

Editorial Board

Mueni Lundi,
Kwamchetsi Makokha,
Kimani Njogu,
G. Oluoch-Olunya

Guest Editor: Sophie Macharia

Issue Editor: Mueni Lundi

Design & Layout: Victor Gitonga Twenty Twenty Design

Covers & Illustration: Mary Ogembo

Photography: Ondiege Matthew


    • Creative Industries and their Role in Social Transformation by Kimani Njogu
    • Promoting a National Economy Driven by Culture and Creativity by David Ndii
    • The Profit-Making Template in Kenyan Comedy by Fred Mbogo
    • How Can the Arts Produce Wealth by Terry Hirst
    • A Creative Economy Ecosystem by Yvonne Awuor
    • Categorizing “Riziki” By Ja-Mnazi Afrika: Ethnical Perceptions in the Classification of Kenyan Popular Music by T. Michael Mboya
    • Local Taarab in Kenya: From Listening to Dancing by Caleb Edwin Owen
    • Queen Jane: A Tribute to the Voice of the Voiceless by Maina wa Mutonya
    • The Gambia’s Love Affair with Kenyan Benga by Humphrey Sipalla
    • Capoeira: From Struggle to a Movement by Ndanu Mung’ala
    • Sauti Sol by Anyiko Awoko
    • FM Radio Broadcasting in Local Languages Triggering Rural Empowerment in Kenya by George Gathigi/li>
    • Locating Community Radio as Platforms for Community Development by Njuki Githethwa
    • Children’s Theatre in Kenya: The Need for Child-Focused Perspectives by John Mugubi
    • Kenyan Theatre and the Creative Economy by Keith Pearson
    • Towards a Post-Makerere Writing Tradition: Creating a Vibrant Fiction Industry by Tee Ngugi
    • The Business of Film in Kenya by Simiyu Barasa
    • The Status of Women in Kenyan Film by Rachel Diang’a
    • Interview with Tony Wainaina, Art Collector by Sophie Macharia
    • The Immense Potential of Kenya’s Creative Economy by Margaretta wa Gacheru
    • The NEST- Nairobi’s Home of Alternative Arts Thinkers by Njoki Ngumi
  • Louis Mwaniki and the History of Modern Art in Kenya by Terry Hirst